Evangelism: From Conversion to Concern

Conversion, traditionally as basic to Christianity as prayer, is today a concept in evolution. Conservative and fundamentalist church groups still hew faithfully to the Biblical injunction, "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them." Among renewal-minded clergy of the main-stream Protestant faiths, there is widespread doubt about whether gaining new members for the organized church is the primary goal of true Christianity.

Meeting in Atlanta last week, members of the National Council of Churches' Commission on Evangelism spent their sessions discussing race relations and experimental ministries that seek to serve men rather...